Nederburg Chardonnay Viognier 2005

Colour: Pale yellow with green tinges.
Bouquet and palate: The crisp, lemony notes and creamy flavours of the Viognier are beautifully balanced by the citrus character of the Chardonnay. Resulting in a full-bodied, mouth-filling wine.

Enjoy with seafood, poultry or salads.

variety : Chardonnay | 90% Chardonnay, 10% Viognier
winery : Nederburg Wines
winemaker : Tariro Masayiti
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 13.56 % vol  rs : 5.00 g/l  pH : 3.44  ta : 6.24 g/l  
type : White   wooded
pack : Bottle  

ageing : Easy to drink, it has the structure to mature well over the next three to four years.

in the vineyard : The Viognier grapes, ranging in age from 4 to 5 years, were sourced from west and south-west facing trellised vineyards in Darling. Philadelphia and Durbanville, some grown in dark, alluvial soils and others in decomposed granite.

The Chardonnay grapes, ranging in age from 4 to 5 years, were sourced from vineyards in Stellenbosch, grown either in yellow-brown Clovelly soils with a high gravel content and excellent drainage or deep, red Hutton soils that keep the roots cooled during the hot summer months.

about the harvest: The early-ripening Chardonnay were harvested by hand at between 21.5° to 22.5° Balling from mid-February to early March. The Viognier were harvested by hand at between 23° to 24° Balling during mid-February.

in the cellar : There was no skin contact in the vinification of either varietal. The Viognier was fermented in 1st and 2nd fill French oak barrels and matured for 9 months in these barrels. The Chardonnay was wood fermented.

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